Recipe courtesy of Joe's Farm Grill

Gouda Garlic Bacon Burger Stack

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 5 min
  • Active: 1 hr 5 min
  • Yield: 4 burgers
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4 burger buns

Melted butter, for buttering buns 

2 pounds 80/20 ground chuck beef

4 teaspoons Burger Shake, recipe follows

12 cloves Roasted Garlic, recipe follows

8 slices cooked applewood-smoked bacon, cut in half

8 slices imported Gouda

8 ounces Caesar Dressing, recipe follows

1 medium red onion, cut into four 1/4-inch-thick slices and griddled until just tender 

1 large beefsteak tomato, cut into four 1/4-inch-thick slices

12 kosher dill pickle chips 

4 ounces your favorite barbecue sauce 

Burger Shake:

3 tablespoons kosher salt

1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper 

1 tablespoon granulated garlic

1 tablespoon crushed dried oregano

Roasted Garlic:

2 whole garlic bulbs

1 tablespoon olive oil 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 

Caesar Dressing:

1 1/2 cups whole-egg mayonnaise

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 

1 tablespoon lemon juice 

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 

2 teaspoons olive oil 

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 

1/4 cup grated Pecorino-Romano

1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano 

1 1/2 teaspoons freshly minced garlic 

1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste or mashed anchovy fillet 

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 


Special equipment:
burger picks
  1. Split buns and brush butter on both halves; lay flat on a hot griddle (about 350 degrees F). Heat until buns are just light golden brown and have a nice crispy edge, 4 to 6 minutes. (A well-buttered and griddled bun gives you great flavor and a crispy crunch, and also acts as a seal to keep the burger juices and other sauces from making the bun soggy.)
  2. Preheat a broiler. Form beef into four 8-ounce 3/4-inch-thick patties. Sprinkle beef patties with Burger Shake (1/2 ounce each) and place in broiler to cook, about 4 minutes. Flip the patties over and sprinkle with more Burger Shake (another 1/2 ounce each, or to taste).
  3. Place the roasted garlic cloves on top of the patties along with the bacon strips and top with 2 slices of Gouda per patty. Cook until Gouda is fully melted and enrobes the garlic and bacon and patties are pink inside, another 4 minutes.
  4. Smear both halves of buns with Caesar Dressing.
  5. Place finished patties on bottom buns and top with onions and tomatoes.
  6. Add three pickle chips to each patty and drizzle barbecue sauce over the entire burger.
  7. Throw on your top buns and be sure to use burger picks to keep everything in place.
  8. Prepare for a delicious but drippy delight.

Burger Shake:

Yield: about 1/3 cup
  1. Combine salt, pepper, garlic and oregano in a bowl and mix for a great all-purpose seasoning. We use it for eggs, meat, vegetables and more.

Roasted Garlic:

Yield: 2 roasted bulbs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Slice the tops off of the garlic bulbs and spread olive oil over the cut portion of the bulbs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap in foil. Roast until tender and squeeze-outable, about 50 minutes.

Caesar Dressing:

Yield: 2 cups
  1. Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, olive oil and Worcestershire in a large bowl and whisk until ingredients are thoroughly integrated. Then whisk in Pecorino-Romano, oregano, garlic, anchovy paste, salt and pepper.